Hey Hey Ho Ho, Twitter Users Block Ads To Fight Alex Jones – Do Not Read Until Monday

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Vote with your .CSV file: Popular movement blocking advertisers shifts Twitter sentiment on InfoWars (probably)

My ages-long dream of not having to think about Alex Jones did not become a reality this week, as debate raged whether the coherent news media personality should have a voice on Twitter. While that’s not newsworthy in itself, a tactic deployed very early this week definitely is. Thanks to Shannon Coulter, co-founder of Grab Your Wallet, those opposed to Jones’ unhinged rants content had a new weapon to deploy.

Coulter outlined a strategy that would hit Twitter where it hurts – yes, the wallet. By blocking every Fortune 500 company, many of which who are big spenders on the platform, perhaps Twitter’s hand could be forced. She even provided a .CSV users could upload to immediately block the companies. Handy!

By Wednesday, over 50,000 had joined the protest, if that’s what we’re calling it. And – ok, ok, maybe it’s not causation, but Alex Jones was banned from Twitter, albeit temporarily, the same day that report broke.

With a ban from Vimeo last weekend, it looks like Tumblr may be his last stand.

Then we can all dream in sweet, Jones-free sleep, the images of him shirtless and crazed erased from our memories, and where the character of Pizza is no longer sullied.

I hope.


Sharing economy hits snag as NYC caps Uber, Lyft drivers

The sharing economy – Airbnb, Uber, Lyft, etc – has fallen in the crosshairs of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio of late. These services have provided many benefits against more traditional services – being on-demand, cheaper, offering the average person a chance to earn some extra dough, and more. However, the latest legislature seems to aim at further regulation to curb (ha ha, get it, because roads?) the negative effects. These can include dramatically rising rents in the city, underpaid drivers and more.

Earlier this month, it was Airbnb, whose hosts will now be required to provide more extensive data on their properties to the city. This week, it was a cap on the number of ride-hailing licenses granted in the city for the next year as effects of the industry get analyzed.

Could the actions in New York be a bellwether for similar actions by other cities and states?

… Hey, I don’t know, that’s why I asked you.


Odds + The End


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